Today representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support will be heading to schools around the UK for the start of CancerTalk Week. The idea is to talk about the facts and dispel myths about cancer with school children of all ages.
Leukaemia is the most common cancer in children as around one in three of all childhood cancers is due to this blood cancer, and so it’s a good opportunity for children to talk openly about the disease this week.
Here we look at dispelling some myths and highlight key facts about leukaemia.
Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children.
Around 450 children are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK.
Childhood leukaemia has been one of the greatest success stories of all cancers in recent decades.
50 years ago childhood leukaemia was a virtual death sentence. Now, nine in ten children survive the most common form, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
Blood cancers are the most common cancer in teenagers and young people.
In particular, a blood cancer called Hodgkin lymphoma is particularly common in teenagers. Thankfully, treatments for this blood cancer in this age group are extremely good and survival rates are now as high as 95%.
Anyone at any age can get a blood cancer.
People often associate leukaemia with children. In fact more adults get leukaemia than children, as well as other blood cancers such as lymphoma and myeloma. Often people think that only children get blood cancers, but in fact more adults are diagnosed with blood cancer, and it can develop at any time in a person’s life.
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Mike - Science Communications team